What does it take to be a Great Designer ?

A few years of study at a design institute, coupled with craft and industry exposure can make one a good designer. Though this is a prerequisite, it is often not enough. With time as a design professional and a mentor, one realizes that the key to being a great designer comes not just from qualifications or experience; it springs from the vision and the passion to create something that is useful and desirable. It is about making a change happen. From hands-on fashion design to a virtual designer working on the Web, successful designers have a shared set of qualities that help them create the best designs and satisfy the most discriminating clients. These qualities are must haves that are needed to transform you from a good designer to a great designer and these are the qualities that design institutes look for in their students.

Here are some design attitudes, which top my list on how to be a great designer. Some of these attitudes would be inherently present in us, others we would have to cultivate through years of patience and practice.

Creativity: Designers need to constantly think out of the box to come up with new ideas for projects, drawing inspiration from different sources and using different methods. There are two kinds of creativity – one is being aesthetically creative and other is being practically creative. A great designer blends an equal amount of aesthetics and practicality in his/her design to make it successful.

Artistic Skills: Anyone interested in going into a design career should have some innate artistic ability that enables them to learn the latest art techniques to present their ideas better. They also need to have an Eye for Color, Texture and materials. Whether you’re working with textiles, interiors or graphics, a designer must have an eye for color and detail. You must be aware of the extensive variety of materials available and understand what works well in particular projects.

Vision: This is perhaps the most important qualities of a great designer. You have to be able to visualize the end result and set a clear goal to achieve it. A great designer demonstrates imagination. Even when the inspiration stems from history, the idea needs to be for the future.

Risk Taking: A good designer is willing to take calculated risks and stretches the boundaries. This risk may be in terms of conception, material choice, execution or even just the outlook or the way of looking at it.

Communication Skills: A great designer needs excellent communication skills. They need to be good observers and good listeners to know what a client is expecting. They need to present their ideas and concepts very clearly so that the client/boss understands what is being proposed. They should be able to engage in meaningful conversations with clients to ensure both parties are in agreement of the work that is being done.

Flexibility: Great designers are also humble, able to accept criticism and ready to give clients what they want even when it differs from their own personal taste. Sometimes what they sell may not be exactly up to their liking, but still they need to put their 100% in it to make sure that it is perfect for the client. They must read the audience and customize their work to meet the client’s wants and needs.

Willingness to learn: Designers need to be constantly on the go reading, travelling, experimenting and toying for new ideas. Constant up gradation of skills is very necessary in this field. They should also have a penchant for the use of technology that would help them design better.

Team Player: Often the work of a designer does not end with just sketching or presenting an idea. He/she needs to work with other people to get the actual product made. Hence it is very important for a designer to be a team player. If one can harmoniously work well with other designers or executors in the team then that is a very big asset.

Problem Solving Skills: A great designer has an ability to take on the spot decisions and solve problems on the go. A successful designer also knows when to stop experimenting with an idea (one of the perils of being over creative is not knowing when and how to stop) and start executing it to achieve deadlines. They must be able to deliver both quality and quantity within the time given.

Social Empathy: Designers need to be sensitive to the changes happening around them. They need to be aware of the moral and ethical implications of a design before proposing/ executing it. They need to be aware of ongoing societal issues and see if they can make things better with their creativity and problem solving skills.

Self Belief: Finally designers need to believe in themselves that they can be a pioneer of change and work consistently with discipline to make it happen. They should not be bogged down with initial failure and continue working with persistence to achieve what they want.

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Aswathi Raza.K

NID GDPD & NIFT Rank 3 - Year 2012 - Kerala

Hey to the AFD team,
And thank you to all teachers who have taught me and had contributed a huge fraction to my beating the competition and getting into NID. (Especially to anjana mam, Tulip mam, Denny sir, and Julie mam) I had gotten this advice before the interview and it had helped - Don't prepare ready-made answers. Discover yourself and be plain honest.

Thanks again to AFD

Akash Sheshadri

NID GDPD 2012 - Delhi

Hi Afd, Wish to inform you that my son Akash sheshadri, has got admission to NID, Ahmedabad. Thank you for the coaching and other inputs given by you for the studio test and interview which helped him a lot. Regards,Sheshadri iyer

Madhavi Singh

Rank 1 NIFT - B.Des 2011 - Delhi

To prepare for the NIFT Entrance Examination, I attended the one-month Creative Ability Test summer workshop and the week long Situation Test workshop at AFD and also attended a 5-day Situation Test workshop at another Institute in Delhi. The experience at AFD was amazing and the faculty is brilliant. The support I got from AFD was very encouraging and of great help. The atmosphere in the classes is very friendly. I learnt a lot from the classes and I owe a great deal to AFD for my success in the NIFT Entrance Examination. I take this opportunity to thank everyone at AFD specially Ms. Julie James and Somdatt Sarkar for their help and support

Diti Mistry

Delhi - NIFT Rank 137 Year 2011

Hello I'm thankful to the AFD coaching. I took for 5 days for the preparation of NIFT situation test. I got through NIFT with the rank of 137. Thank You.

Akshan Ish

Delhi - NID PGDPD Graphic Design Year 2011

I've been selected for the Graphic Design PG program in NID. I am very grateful to AFD for guiding me through the process.You would also be happy to know that quite a few people (Shitij Sood, Anupriya Arvind, Girish Krishnan, Yaju, Avjit) from our AFD IGP, Delhi class have also been selected to NID.Thank you so much for all the support!

Regards,
Akshan

Aakanksha Gaur

NID PGDPD Delhi - Year 2011

I have got through NID PG Programme for Information and Interface Design at Bangalore and I am in the waiting list for Design for Digital Experience. Have to thank the AFD team for their guidance and support.

Anupriya Arvind

Delhi - NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED AIR 38

Anupriya this side. ! was in your Delhi centre for , weekend PG coaching course. I had appeared for NID PG and CEED, and i am very happy to tell you that thanks to AFD have cleared NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED with an All India Rank of 38, score of 61 on 100 and a percentile of 98.2. I know I have not been in contact much since the coaching ended..but I attribute it to my hectic college n internships n placements. So anyway...i"d really like to thank the entire AFD team for their guidance, help n support. Al the effort u guys took in getting guest lecturers from India n abroad, n d teaching material n resident faculty was remarkable! it was all because of you guys that this was possible. i have been a part of AFD since 2007 (my NIFT days)....n i have never been disappointed ever since. Julie..u have been really helpful..coz u let me join d classes initially 4 a test run..without payment just cause u had faith in me..n i am really grateful 2 u for that.

Anyway...Now i have to go in for the studio test and interview round for NID n CEED and will need some guidance and input regarding that as well. so i'l be in touch with you asap.

also..id specially like to mention Gargi n Ashima...they have been incredible in their efforts! pls let me know hw do we go about this nw..as in..hw do v take it from here.

RAHUL SAHU

Bhopal - NID UG - 2008

I want to express my gratitude towards AFD whose eveready excellent guidance and training have contributed to my unique success. Im overawed with AFDs support. Without AFD, getting into NID was unthinkable .I came to know about NID through AFD only it helped me from starting till the end. Im very happy & I will strongly recommend all the designing aspirants to join AFD. Whatever we learnt in the class, exactly same was asked in NID. It was my pleasure to learn from such a nice & experienced .teachers like JULIE MAM , RUCHA MAM , etc Thank you mam !

Anubhav Ganguly

Allahabad NID PG 2008

Dear AFD!! First of all I would like to introduce about myself I am Anubhav Ganguly I am from Allahabad and I am registered student of AFD.I have enrolled for the program NIFT/NID Ug Combo Pack 2008.

AFD has truly given me a hope to entering into the top Indian Fashion colleges. Earlier when for the first time I gave my entrance test for NIFT 2007 I didn't knew a single thing about the paper and how about it should be approached, the type of questions that will be coming and how to maximize my chances of getting into some of the good fashion colleges. I came to know about AFD as i was seriously needed a help to get my next attempt a successful one. Though I have yet waiting for my results. I came to know about AFD through google search and frankly speaking I searched a lot of coaching institutes before deciding at last going with AFD. According to the quality, content and fees wise AFD was the best according to my needs. There was range of options that students can choose according to his/her needs which i felt the best about.

When I received my first consignment for my particular course it kind of generated some inner confidence in myself and from that moment I started thinking that i can really make it condition If I work hard. I particularly choose AFD because they have some of best faculties who can help you in their best possible way they can. The mock tests is the most which helped me to know what is NIFT/NID all about .I would like to gratify my special thanks to the AFD members who boosted a lot confidence in myself and fairly know this much with their continuous help I did a lot better than my 2007 NID paper. The books they provided right from the Drawing Ability to Creative ability were sure speaked for themselves. If one really solves them and go through it sincerely I believe that he has the greatest chances in getting to any of the premium fashion or design Institutes. Their part of labour is truly speaking for themselves because they the highest number of student ratio who cracked NIFT/NID examinations according to my personal sources than any other coaching institutes. I would surely recommend any budding designer or fashion designers who really want to get into colleges like NIFT/NID should go for AFD.

I only feared that the questions that are asked are not really very difficult to attempt. But thanks to AFD once again the practice with their mock papers made my fear vanished as soon as I saw the paper. I was just scared that may all the ideas come into my mind just for 3hours during which Iwas attempting the paper because it's only ideas and a creativity that can only make u sail smoothly which I believed.

Once i started attempting the question Thanks to God that my ideas and creativeness started to flowing in my mind rapidly

Kashmira Hajra

Kolkata- NIFT B. Des Rank 120 - 2007

I would like to give u gr8 thanks 4ur help, we got for those 4 days in kolkata, during nift situation classes...it was a gr8 help,, now i understand wat ur criticism and praises have worked.results have not cum out but still i cant stop thanking u over and over again,,, u were amazing teacher,, i thank AFD also for providing us those classes which i believe all my mates agree to b very helpfull..

hope all our as well as ur effort be fruitfull...

Sucharita Ghosh

MIT , Pune 2007 - Kolkata

AFD helped a lot but i believe the theory was equally hard so afd should give courses for that too. an audio visual course could be made........more aptitude tests should be undertaken thank you so much for being there for us

Ishan Kanwar

NIFT AIR 570, Symbiosis, Apeejay, Pearl

hello mam, My AIR is 570 and i am into the nift banglore campus in the accessory design (business and corporate) dept. my experience through every phase was really cool and comfortable but my most important period had been the coaching at kottayam. since i got 2 know 'bout everything regarding the nift's entrance there only so it was the backbone of my success. henceforth i really feel it not only necessary but compulsory 4 all hard core aspirants of all the design schools as its been the most important factors in my sucess not only at nift but also symbiosis, pearl & apeejay inst. of design really mam i'm very very thakful 2 u. the only suggestion ... plz have ur programs of short periods in delhi and other places.

Gurinder Kaur

NIFT M. F. Tech 2007

AFD provides an excellent study material. It helped me a lot while i was preparing for nift mftech entrance. It is all because of afd faculty that I have been selected for M.F.Tech programme in Delhi.

Anupriya Arvind

NIFT B. Des Rank 119 2007 - Kolkata

Dear Julie Madam, I m grateful 2 the AFD team 4 all their hard work n guidance. Im proud 2 say that I have got an all India rank of 119 & the credit goes 2 the entire team of AFD! . I am really indebted 2 u 4 competing in nift, srishti & symbiosis. The material u sent me was very good. It gave me a very clear picture of what was going 2 be asked in the written test. Having crossed that hurdle, I joined your situation test workshop in Kolkata. Under the able guidance of Rajiv Sir, i learnt the skill, time management and effort required 4 the test. U made me see the kind of talent I had & helped me 2 showcase it at the right time & place . Just wish I had known about u before the NID exam, then I would have definitely competed there too. You have been instrumental in shaping my career n I m never gona forget u!! If anyone reading this, is interested in designing, then pls. Join AFD coz they r the best people around 2 help u

Vijay PAVAN.A

IDC 2007 / NID PG SDM - 2007

Dear Madam, I am Pavan, Architect from Hyderabad. I am a former postal student of AFD for CEED exam. Now i am in NID, Ahmedabad. I got admission here in PG in Strategic Design Management in May, 2007.

And today after noon, IDC, IIT Bombay results are announced for their M.Des program. Thankfully, i got the admission in their M.Des, Interaction Design program also. I appreciate you for your help and material provided to me. I hope you to continue to create awareness among students community about design courses across India and the respective prospects in the stream.

Ankita

2nd Rank NIFT B.F Tech / NID - GDPD

I am happy to inform you that I have been selected for admission in NID ..Your IGP postal course was of great help in cracking this tough examination..Thank you for your help and support.

Piyush Anand

NIFT B. Des

i m glad to be the student of Afd who taught me how to walk on the zig-zag road of NIFT. The competition was really tough because there were limited seats and too much students. Inspite of tough competition afd explored our skill and made us master over toughness. I was having the skill and effort but that was of no use unless there is confidence which i got from Afd classes.I thank you very much for the efforts which Rajiv sir and Afd made to make our base strong to chase nift situation test. Finally i m in nift and i too got selected in symbiosis. But going in nift bcoz my dream was NIFT and afd helped me to achieve my dream. Thank you teacher's and thank you AFD.

Anita Ann Babu

Symbiosis 2007

I am happy to inform you that I have cleared Symbiosis entrance Test (set-test). Studio test will be on 11th June (this is conflicting with NIFT's date for group discussion). I wish to express my gratitude to the faculty, timely help I got from the study materials. Thanks once again.

Deepika V Ramani

Pearl Academy 2006

I am Deepika V Ramani Roll No:NT 795. I have joined Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi in the Fashion Design Under Graduate Programme. Although I got admission in Symbiosis, I preferred Pearl. Your guidance for my written and situation Exams were very useful. Thank you. Will keep in touch.

IPSITA PRIYADARSINI

Pearl Academy, 2006

I have taken admission in pearl academy of fashion in Chennai centre. Afd helped me a lot to ignite my creativity. Thanks a lot Sir.

Varshapriya. R

Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune

I am very thankful to all the members and faculty of AFD for the training given to me. I was successful to get into Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune. I have opted for Product design.

Ankur Srivastava

Pearl Academy 2006

Hello Afd,

I Ankur Kumar Srivastava got selected in Pearl Academy of Fashion in retail. And I am very thankful to you and your coaching material which you provided me.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Priyadarshani Pawar

NIFT B.F.Tech Design

Hello Julie Madam,

How are you? Hope you are doing fine.

I just got back from Delhi. I had my counselling for NIFT on the 20th of June. And guess what Ma'am, I got Fashion Design at Hyderabad! I got the design course of my choice though as centre I would have preferred Mumbai due to the distance. But I am very happy and also quite excited! Our term starts on the 10th of July. So I shall be leaving for Hyderabad in the first week of July probably. I would like to thank you for all your help and guidance! Your classes and your teaching was a real boon! I dont know if that really sounds right but in short THANK YOU Ma'am!!

Bye for now, Do keep in touch!!

Priyanka Ann Joshi

NIFT B. F. Tech Design 2005

The comprehensive and complete study materials of the NIFT, of which I was an earnest aspirant . I am extremely thankful to the AFD for the excellent tips and guidance extended to me. AFD is surely a boon to the NIFT aspirants.

GAYATRI SIVAKUMAR

Nift 2006

This is Gayatri Sivakumar the one who was there in IGP class in Bangalore. Ok, I'll give u another clue- the girl who cut her finger and scared you.

Thanks for your IGP package and god's grace without which it was impossible for me to secure a rank of 218.I am happy to inform u that I made into fashion communication at Mumbai. Well the classes begin on 10th July and I am excited but nervous. Plz excuse me for this late reply.

Keep smiling and keep busy coaching future aspirants. Hope to see u in future as we all know earth is round BYE.

DEEPINTI VERMA

PEARL Academy

Hi Julie Madam,

Hope you are just fine. I was able to get the IGP package only two days before the second round. I wanted to tell you that I have been selected for pearl. I give its credit to you and AFD. All the packs really helped me. In the situational test i.e., in a group of 5 people, was given to design a chair and table. We made a chair in the shape of a colour palette and table in the shape of scissors. It looked totally cool. Then in the interview I was asked about what we made. They asked me about my famous industrialist, I said I dont know much about them but fashion designers. So they asked me about them. I talked about Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya. and many more questions. It was fun. They saw my portfolio and then asked me whats the meaning of my name when I was leaving. I told them its deep- anti, antim deep i.e. The last deep. They told me that means when the world falls in darkness, you are the one who will give light to everyone. It felt very good. In this interview I acted very naturally and did not pretend anything and it worked. One thing I have learned is we should be as we are, not try to pretend thinking people wont like you. People like you as you are. Too much of philosophy!!!! Anyway hope to talk to you soon.

Take care,

GOOD WISHES,